Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 02, 2015)
Word of the Day

heritor

Definition:(noun) A person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another.
Synonyms:heir, inheritor
Usage: When the wealthy businessman named his son as heritor of his estate, he could not have known that the boy would squander the inheritance on silly moneymaking schemes.
Article of the Day

Stem Cells

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can reproduce themselves for long periods of time using cell division, but are also capable of differentiating into almost any type of specialized cell. This unique ability makes them ideal for use in regenerative medicine. Adult stem cells are derived from umbilical cord blood and bone marrow. Embryonic stem cells are also used in medical research, but their use is more controversial. Why is there an ethical debate surrounding embryonic stem cell use? More...
This Day in History

Peanuts Is First Published (1950)

The enormously popular syndicated comic strip Peanuts was first published in 1950. It ran continuously for the next 50 years, ending shortly before the death of its creator, Charles Schulz. The strip chronicled the childhood travails of Charlie Brown and his friends, including Lucy and Linus, and his dog, Snoopy. Schulz's characters also adorned hundreds of products, making him the world's wealthiest cartoonist. Which of Charlie Brown's friends appeared in the first strip? More...
Today's Birthday

Nat Turner (1800)

Turner was an American slave who believed that he had been chosen to lead the slaves out of bondage. He took a solar eclipse in 1831 as a sign and began his rebellion with a few trusted fellow slaves. They killed his master's family and went from house to house, freeing slaves and killing the white people they found. The rebels grew to more than 70 before the state militia quashed the insurrection. Turner was tried and hanged along with 56 others. What laws were passed in response to the revolt? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everybody likes to go their own way—to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have a mountain to climb

To have an extremely difficult, seemingly impossible task at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Marino Wine Festival (2016)

The Italian town of Marino is located in the area southeast of Rome known as the Castelli Romani, after the numerous castles, palaces, and Renaissance villas that dot the landscape. Marino is known as a wine town, and during the town's wine festival in early October, the new grape harvest is celebrated by letting the previous year's wine gush freely from the Moors Fountain. Crowds of Romans eager to escape the city descend upon Marino with jugs, bottles, and thermoses to fill. The wine is free for the taking and is the perfect accompaniment to a porchetta sandwich. More...
In the News

Baby Born without a Complete Skull Defies the Odds

Jaxon Buell was born without a large part of his skull and brain. Doctors told Brandon and Brittany Buell their son wouldn't live past a few weeks. In August, the family celebrated his first birthday. After many months of tests and misdiagnoses, doctors ... More...
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